Contemporary Rioja meets traditional Rioja. Vibrant, juicy red and black fruits, with a dusting of herbs and spices. Sleek palate and chalky tannins.
The very young red 2019 Rayos Uva shows nice aromas and the roundness of 2019, when Rivière had lower yields, and the fruit is very defined. There is a change to adapt to the vintage, so there’s a little less Tempranillo and a lot more Graciano; the breakdown is 50% Graciano, 30% Garnacha and 20% Tempranillo, a very different blend from previous years. It has some herbal/peppery sensations and ripe fruit without excess. The palate is juicy and sleek with some sparks, and it has unusual freshness, quite good to balance this wine in a warmer year like 2019. Due to the COVID-19 lockdown, this was bottled a little later, and that could have been positive for the wine. 91 Points – Luis Gutiérrez, The Wine Advocate